The Architect's Blog

Smart Choices Helps a Remodeled Los Alamitos Home Garner Impressive Sale Price

Not too long ago, I found out that one of the homes our Long Beach architecture firm had remodeled a couple of years ago was on the market. Of course, I was interested to see what would happen with it. When it sold, I was pleased to see that the owners (my former clients) got a very good price for their home. I’m no real estate agent, but as far as I can tell, it appears that this particular home in Los Alamitos sold for about 35% more than similarly-sized homes in the same neighborhood! That’s quite a bit more, especially considering their budget for the improvements was relatively conservative (about 8% of the home’s value). Continue reading “Smart Choices Helps a Remodeled Los Alamitos Home Garner Impressive Sale Price” »



Residential Remodel Highlights Why Our Long Beach Architecture Firm Doesn’t Flip Houses

I recently stopped by one of our residential remodel projects in Seal Beach that was wrapping up. I spoke with the client for a bit, and he seemed really happy with how his house had turned out. But he also expressed to me that the remodel had brought about another important outcome: it has changed the way his family lives in their house. Continue reading “Residential Remodel Highlights Why Our Long Beach Architecture Firm Doesn’t Flip Houses” »



How a Long Beach Architecture Firm Keeps Up with Ever-Changing Trends and Technology

There’s a certain type of person known as an “early adopter.” You probably have a friend or two like this. As soon as the latest thing comes out—whatever it is—they have it. It might be the newest smartphone, a television with the latest technology, or when it comes to homes, the most current trends in energy-saving devices or smart home technology. Some of these trends quickly go by the wayside (think laserdisks and pagers), but others change the way we live and work and are incorporated into our everyday lives. Continue reading “How a Long Beach Architecture Firm Keeps Up with Ever-Changing Trends and Technology” »



Updated Long Beach Office Serving as a Testing Ground for Products Used in Architectural Design

Here at M. Grisafe Architects, we’ve taken on a new tenant improvement project in Long Beach—our own! Our offices were in need of an upgrade, so we’ve been working on improving the office’s look, as well as its functionality. We’re also using the remodel to test out some new products on the market, to see if they are worth recommending to our clients. Continue reading “Updated Long Beach Office Serving as a Testing Ground for Products Used in Architectural Design” »



Renovations and Relationships: Mark Grisafe Offer’s an Architect’s Perspective for Realtor.com Article

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I wanted to share with you a recent article that I was able to contribute my thoughts to. It was featured on the popular real estate site, Realtor.com, and it’s all about home renovations and marital relationships. The article, written by Realtor.com Senior Editor Rachel Stults, is titled, “Until DIY Do Us Part: 6 Home Renovations That Can Tear Apart Marriages” and it highlights some of the specific remodeling projects that bring about the most strife between married homeowners. Continue reading “Renovations and Relationships: Mark Grisafe Offer’s an Architect’s Perspective for Realtor.com Article” »